MISSOULA — On Wednesday, Dec. 13, after a long battle with cancer, Mary Ann Gander passed away peacefully with her husband by her side.

Mary Ann was born on Aug. 30, 1953 in Miles City to Mary C. (Traub) and Marion I. Malley. She moved to Missoula in 1973 where she married Ross Gander and raised a happy family. Mary Ann loved to hike and garden, enjoying the beautiful Montana landscape as often as she could. She was a very nurturing soul, and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand. She spent the last year of her life traveling and enjoying quality time with her loved ones.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ross; son, Evan (Emily) Gander; daughter, Stacy (Matei) Mitaru; brother, Kevin (Carol) Malley; and grandson, Leo Mitaru.

Friends, family, and those whose lives Mary Ann touched are invited to a celebration of her life. Details for the event will be announced after the new year. Mary Ann requested any memorial donations be made to Chicks n Chaps.